Winter months affected by new plan
BETHESDA, Md. (KYMA, KECY/NBC) - On December 2, President Joe Biden held a press conference to announce his plans to fight COVID-19 and its Omicron variant this winter.
"It doesn't include shutdowns or lockdowns but widespread vaccinations and boosters and testing and a lot more," said President Biden.
He explains that he wants to expand the nationwide booster campaign in order for eligible Americans to receive the vaccine.
"It's become a political issue, which is a sad, sad commentary. It shouldn't be, but it has been. Now as we move into the winter and face the challenges of this new variant, this is a moment where we can put the divisiveness behind us, I hope," continued President Biden.
He recently made a statement regarding the Omicron variant, calling it a "cause for concern, not panic," as two cases have been reported this week.
President Biden then announced a requirement for international travelers to be tested within one day of departure, regardless of vaccination status.
More strict requirements will be in place for those planning to use transportation.